Australia: No one leaving here needs to worry about having contracted COVID-19

President Rivlin speaks with Foreign Minister Katz and Health Minister Litzman about the risk of Israelis contracting COVID-19 in Australia.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

People wear masks to protect from coronavirus
People wear masks to protect from coronavirus

Following his meeting with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin spoke Wednesday morning with Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) and Health Minister Yaakov Litzman (UTJ).

Rivlin discussed with them the concerns expressed in Australia at the possibility that the State of Israel, as opposed to the rest of the world, would require those returning from Australia to be quarantined and that Israeli citizens would be warned not to travel to Australia.

In his conversations with the ministers, the President raised the points made by the Australian Prime Minister during their meeting, according to which Australia is leading the world in preventing the outbreak of COVID-19 and had enforced border controls even before the World Health Organization issued instructions to do so. In addition, according to the information presented to the President, of the cases in Australia so far, 15 of them originated from the Chinese city of Wuhan and all these people were quarantined and recovered completely. Eight additional cases in Australia came from the Diamond Princess cruise ship and all these people have been sent for quarantine and recovery in northern Australia. The President was also informed that there has not been a single identified case of infection within Australia.

Rivlin passed on the information from Prime Minister Morrison, who noted that he is confident that nobody leaving Australia need be concerned about having picked up the virus.

“I have no doubt that we must have the health of Israeli citizens at the forefront of our minds, but I thought it right that you know what was presented to me before making a decision such as this, with all its implications,” Rivln said.

During their conversation, Litzman told Rivlin that there are daily situation assessments on the issue, with new information and updates, and that currently there are no special instructions regarding those returning from Australia or travelling to Australia.

On Thursday morning Rivlin will begin his journey back to Israel, He is scheduled to arrive in Israel on Friday morning.